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Tryouts for the 2020-2021 Season

COVID Update #3      October 15, 2020
It makes the most sense to not hold tryouts until second semester.
With the new CIF schedule, the first day of the golf season is Monday, March 22.
Thus, we would have the first three weeks of March to solidify the team.
If we do that, we will know where we are with the pandemic.  
If things are opened up, if we are allowed to travel in vans, and it looks like we have enough committed golfers to
   carry a JV team -- we will move forward in that direction.
If there are restrictions on travel at that time, and it doesn't look like we have 14 golfers that are committed to improving, we will
   only carry a varsity team of ten players.
Fortunately, we are sitting on some funds from last season so that we don't have to fundraise BEFORE the season begins.
Once we determine the roster in the first few weeks of March, we will solidify plans for a fundraiser.
Regardless of where we are with the pandemic, I don't think it is a wise idea to hold our traditional Martin Luther King day tournament,
   as some of the players that would help us raise money might be cut from the team. 
If you are confident that you will be part of the squad in March, I would recommend trying to get an easier class for 6th period for second semester.
(Who knows what the schedule will look like when we return to school, but let's prepare to have the least negative impact on academics as possible.)
Those of you varsity players looking to get on that Independent Study Contract for PE, we should be able to still make that happen.
I'm thrilled to hear that you guys are getting together at Redhawk.  Rumor has it that some of you have been working
    hard on your games.  I can't wait to see where we are come March.
Check the latest calendar on the "Schedule" link to see the high school playoff calendar in June.  Please plan your summer tournament schedule accordingly.
Remember to get your Athletic Clearance turned in!  Information is on this link:



COVID Update #2

Here is a portion of the letter that I sent to our golf parents on September 23, 2020

 The other uncertainty is how the actual season will work.  The biggest unknown will be our transportation. 

Will we be allowed to ride in vans to leave the valley?  We do not know at this time.   We will be able to plan & post our match and tournament schedule when we know this information.


 The biggest question that I am currently asking is whether we should continue to run a JV program or not.  That is a very serious question that I have been giving a lot of thought to.  Here is what I have come up with:

 Reasons to Keep as Large as Program as Possible

-        Students need to be connected to school through extracurricular activities.   Period. 

-        You never know what players are going to have the motivation to grind and improve.  Coaching is a numbers game, so keep as many players around as possible and see who rises through the ranks.


Reasons to Only Carry a Varsity Squad

-        There is no JV golf in the Southwestern League.  It is a varsity only sport.  We were never supposed to create a JV team.

-        Great Oak started carrying closer to twenty players back in the years like 2015 when our LAST JV spot was a kid shooting 81 and our 17th player was shooting 87. 

                 The course was full all off season of players trying to improve.  This isn’t necessarily the case any more.

-        Girls’ golf is going to play in the spring as well.  Courses will have double the student athletes on them, many courses (besides Redhawk) were already

                 difficult for boys’ high school teams to get tee times, this year will be far worse.

-        With no JV teams in the valley, we have to travel to find opponents.  Not only is this expensive, but if van rides aren’t allowed it won't be possible.


If we were to go with a smaller squad, we would carry ten players.  Looking at last year’s overall averages of players that are planning on returning this year, we only have SIX players that were breaking 90. 

Yes, with improvements I know we are going to be better than that.  But I envision the top six varsity guys playing in a match with a single foursome following behind trying to earn their way into the next match. 

It would be a tight, competitive group of players with the same goals.  Hopefully if we move to that number of ten, we would be able to include everyone that has been working in the off season to improve. 


It’s going to be tough.  The dad and teacher in me wants as many players as possible out there, the coach in me realizes that this might be the year for the shift.  No decisions have been made. 

I’ll keep you updated as we see how this season is going to take shape.



Here is the information that was posted pre-COVID shutdown:
What do I need to do to try out for the boys' golf team?
    1)  Pick up a 2020-2021 athletic clearance packet.  (Available in the athletic office or download from the athletics homepage)
    2)  Once it is completed (with a sports physical), return it to Mrs. Gorbacz (athletic office secretary)
    3) She will give you a stamped clearance sheet.  Take that sheet to Coach Boyatt in room 357 and he will add you to the tee sheet.
Why are tryouts held in Oct. for a spring sport?
1)  Daylight savings ends in early November.  After that date, it is impossible to play nine holes after school.
2)  Many of the players that make the team will be able to be placed in a special 6th period PE class that will allow them to go to the golf course after 5th period. 
        Since the new semester begins in January, the tryouts need to be held before then so schedules can be adjusted.
What if I am playing another sport and can't try out?
The Wolfpack does everything we can to support multi-sport athletes.  If you are involved in a fall sport and will not be able to attend our October tryouts, please
    stop by and introduce yourself to Coach Boyatt in room 357.  We will provide an additional opportunity for you to try out at a later date.
    We would still like for you and your parents to attend the meeting on the evening of October 26th.  Hawk's Landing (Redhawk)  -- 6 PM 
How good do I need to be to make the team?
Boys' golf is a sport that typically only has a varsity program.  (There are very few JV programs in a 50 mile radius.)
Six players play in a varsity match, thus many teams carry around 8-10 players.  Last year, the Wolfpack started the season with 17 players, enough to run 2 teams and keep 5 alternates beyond that.
Carrying enough for an additional team means we have to travel great distances to find JV matches.  We don't mind doing this, as carrying an extra 8-10 players on a team
     gets more players connected to school and gives players the opportunity to improve in the wonderful game of golf.
Last season we finished the season with 17 players, and we four seniors on the team.
That made us had to utilize five foursomes to play a team round at Redhawk.
Carrying that many players led to having some players that weren't real competitive, players that just weren't working on their games outside of the team practices.
It was difficult to mix and match the players in groupings, because there was such a discrepancy in skill levels from top to bottom.
Next season, we are going to go a little bit smaller, in an effort to not crowd Redhawk so much.  Keeping less guys will eliminate some of the players that haven't worked on improving.
This year we are going to keep 16 PLAYERS.  That gives us a varsity roster with 6 players, a jv roster with 6 players, and a foursome to play behind matches.
We have a thirteen players returning, so we will add three newcomers.  Of course, players towards the end of the roster could lose their spots if better talent arrives.  
What is my best estimate for where the cut line will be?
   Well, my 13th player in 2020 averaged about 100.  If we are bringing in a few new guys, I am hoping that final #16 roster spot is still a player that can break 100.
    This is my 17th year coaching at Great Oak -- and more often than not the numbers are the same: breaking 80 makes varsity, breaking 90 makes JV, and breaking 100 makes you an alternate.
     Thus my SAFEST estimate for making the team is a player that can shoot around 90.    If you can shoot bogey golf from the blue tees at Redhawk -- you will most likely make the team.
October tryouts will decide what 16 players will be on our roster in the spring.
I don't need to worry about who is a senior vs who is a freshman -- all I really need is 1-2 players per grade level to make sure I have the best varsity team in the future.  We have that.
Thus, my emotions will be out of it.  The top 16 scores are in, the rest will be cut.
It will be harsh to see some returners not come back, and it will be especially hard to cut a freshman that might just be outside the cut line.
I hope that the cut players will use the year as an opportunity to work on their games on their own and come back stronger the next year.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Complete October Tryout Schedule
Monday, October 12th -- Newcomers Only -- This round will determine who will be invited to play with the returners on Monday.
Oct 14 (Wed), Oct 19 (Mon), Oct 21 (Wed), & Oct 25 (Mon)  --  All players will compete for the 16 spots on the team.
A player will be cut when it becomes clear that he is not yet ready to be in the top 16. 
Parent Meeting Will Follow the Final Round on Monday, October 26th (6:00 in Hawk's Landing (Redhawk))


Returning Players' 2020 Avg. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16
Ian Ryan Nathan Caden Sam Sean Ryan David Guylan Bobby Alex Dylan Ken Newcomer Newcomer Newcomer
Date Opponent Location Bruchhauser Abuan Sampson Flores Amoroso Curry Osorio Knight Belser Erling Knight Voegele Watanasiripong #1 #2 #3
10/9 Newcomer Tryouts Redhawk   37 40   48   50 53         Newcomer Tryouts Redhawk
10/14 October Tryouts Day #1 Redhawk 40 38 35 38 41 42 44 48 43 48 49 55 43       October Tryouts Day #1 Redhawk
10/16 October Tryouts Day #2 Redhawk 35 36 39 41 40 43 42 43 42 48 48 42 41       October Tryouts Day #2 Redhawk
10/21 October Tryouts Day #3 Redhawk 35 39 40   44 46 40 47 40 44 46 45 55       October Tryouts Day #3 Redhawk
10/23 October Tryouts Day #4 Redhawk 40 40 39   42 43 41 43 41 48 43 50 40       October Tryouts Day #4 Redhawk
10/28 October Tryouts Day #5 Redhawk 35 36 38   36 39 46 45 41 43 49 45 56       October Tryouts Day #5 Redhawk
2/12 February Team Tourney Round 1 Redhawk 42 40 34 44 49 44 45 47 49 51 52 54 58       February Team Tourney Round 1 Redhawk
2/18 Dana Hills El Niguel CC 35 37 38 36   50         Dana Hills El Niguel CC
2/19 February Team Tourney Round 2 Redhawk 39 36 37 38 40 42 51 48 48 47 55 60 57       February Team Tourney Round 2 Redhawk
2/24 February Team Tourney Round 3 Redhawk 40 DNP 39 47 DNP 40 49 43 49 41 44 47 56       February Team Tourney Round 3 Redhawk
2/26 February Team Tourney Round 4 Redhawk 36 40 42 38 DNP 42 49 46 52 45 51 51 47       February Team Tourney Round 4 Redhawk
3/2 Riverside Cup Canyon Crest CC 78 78 78 82             Riverside Cup Canyon Crest CC
3/3 Walnut Mountain Meadows             43 47 47         Walnut Mountain Meadows
3/4 Cathedral Catholic Redhawk 37 37 46 40 44   48 57 46 46       Cathedral Catholic Redhawk
3/5 Walnut Redhawk         42   42 40 45 45 44 49 47       Walnut Redhawk
3/9 Norman Xiong Invitational Canyon Lake         88   92 88 87         Norman Xiong Invitational Canyon Lake
3/9 Torrey Pines Redhawk 40 42 38 35     45 51 51 54       Torrey Pines Redhawk
Bruchhauser Abuan Sampson Flores Amoroso Curry Osorio D. Knight Belser Erling A. Knight Voegele Watanasiripong Newcomer 1 Newcomer 2 Newcomer 3
(Class during 2021) Junior Soph. Soph. Junior Soph. Junior Junior Junior Junior Soph. Soph. Junior Junior
76.0 76.6 77.7 79.8 85.7 86.2 89.8 90.0 90.0 92.6 98.8 99.2 100.0 2019-2020 Avg.
197.9 Varsity Average Junior Junior
230.6 Junior Varsity Sophomore 76.0 79.8 86.2 89.8 90.0 90.0 99.2 100.0 Sophomore
Freshman 79.8 76.6 77.7 79.5 85.7 87.1 92.9 89.8 88.4 92.6 98.8 98.5 94.6 Freshman